A 25-year-old man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman with a broomstick two weeks ago in Joplin has been able to duck police and avoid arrest.

Bilal D. Lucien was charged March 8 in Jasper County Circuit Court with first-degree domestic assault and first-degree sodomy, and a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with an assault of a 23-year-old woman at his residence on the southwest side of the city.

The woman, who sought treatment for injuries at Freeman Hospital West, told police that Lucien was upset with her the moment she awoke the morning of Feb. 27 and began hitting her with a broom handle. She told police he hit her more than 100 times with the handle, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed with the charges.

She said he subsequently began tearing her clothes off while declaring: "I'm gonna show you what rape is," according to the affidavit.

He then forcibly sodomized her with the broomstick, the woman told police.

The affidavit states that the woman showed up at the hospital with numerous bruises and bumps "from head to toe" and that her injuries were consistent with having been struck with a broom handle.

Lucien was not home when police served a search warrant at his residence on March 1 and seized evidence, according to police Capt. Trevor Duncan. He remained a fugitive Thursday, more than two weeks after the assault.

The charges filed on Lucien carry a no-bond warrant for his arrest.

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe.